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Charles to get Hobbit film tour

The Prince of Wales will be given a behind the scenes look at the new blockbuster movie from Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson during his Diamond Jubilee tour.

Charles will visit a leading workshop that created special effects for the much anticipated fantasy film - The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.

The event is one of the highlights of the Prince's two-week tour with the Duchess of Cornwall to Papua New Guinea, Australia and New Zealand in honour of the Queen's 60-year reign.

The heir to the throne will be shown make-up props worn by actors including The Office star Martin Freeman, who plays Bilbo Baggins - the lead role in The Hobbit.

A royal aide said that in the workshop, based in the New Zealand capital Wellington, Charles would "come face to face with rather extraordinary, rather terrifyingly in some cases, life-like prosthetics including the feet and hands of the Baggins family..."

The film receives its world premiere next month in New Zealand and the Prince will get a sneak preview of the movie - the first of a three-part instalment based on JRR Tolkien's much loved children's book.

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